Mother, 49, admits starving her 24-year-old Down’s Syndrome daughter to death
A mother is facing jail after she admitted letting her own disabled daughter slowly starve to death.
The emaciated body of Debbie Leitch, 24, was discovered inside a house in Blackpool, Lancashire, by emergency services on August 29, 2019.
Ms Leitch, who had Down’s Syndrome, died from severe emaciation and neglect, and a post-mortem examination found she had an extensive scabies skin infection.
Six people were arrested in connection with her death.
Her mother Elaine Clarke, 49, was charged with gross negligent manslaughter, and admitted the charge at Preston Crown Court today.
Elaine Clarke, left, was charged with gross negligent manslaughter, and admitted the charge at Preston Crown Court today. The emaciated body of Debbie Leitch, right, was discovered inside a house in Blackpool, Lancashire, by emergency services on August 29, 2019
She had previously pleaded not guilty to killing her vulnerable daughter, but changed her plea just 10 days before the case was due to go to trial.
Clarke was remanded in custody ahead of her sentencing on February 7.
Her former partner Robert Bruce, 45, from Leeds, West Yorkshire, was charged with allowing or causing the death of a vulnerable adult, but this was later dropped.
Judge Amanda Justice Yip told Clarke: ‘You are well aware of the inevitable outcome that you will be going to prison, and I think the time has come that I am going to remand you to prison to make sure you are here on time on the next occasion.
She added: ‘As far as (Mr Bruce) is concerned, a not guilty verdict has been entered and (he) will be released.’